Sunday is St Valentine's Day. If you are a single Catholic of any age, there have never been more opportunities to make new friends or maybe meet someone special. Here are some ideas for you to consider. (Of course - if you meet people through dating websites, always follow the website's safety guidelines.)
CatholicMates.com Completely on-line, free Catholic dating website.
Catholicmatch.com Completely on-line. The site is international, but has many members based in the UK. Author Michael Rose says: "CatholicMatch.com is a testament to the age in which we live. It is wonderful that Catholics can meet online and possibly be called by God to marriage or even a religious vocation. This is a great example of using God's gift of technology to evangelize and build up Christ's Church."
Catholic Singles is a voluntary organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages, over 18, in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, to meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. This friendly site has a welcome in several languages. Catholic Singles are part of a national network of groups for unattached Catholics in cities and towns around the UK.
The Catholic Unattached Directory A website for single Catholics which includes internet members and postal members.
Christian Connections is an introduction service for Christians of all denominations.
Friends First is a Christian introduction agency based in the Midlands which takes great care with clients of all denominations and has an excellent track record.
Frisbie Dating organises events for London-based Christian and like-minded singles, including speed dating, dinner dating, team events and bespoke introductions.
Knock Marriage Introduction Bureau is one of the most successful Catholic introduction agencies, run by volunteers at the shrine of Our Lady of Knock in Co Mayo. Set up by Fr Michael Keane in 1968, more than 15,000 couples have met through the agency. By 2008 over 1,600 had tied the knot, and we hear there are currently several engagements and 'introductions in progress.' Although they have a lovely website, the service is very private confidential.
For more information, write to The Secretary, Knock Marriage Introductions Bureau, Knock, Co Mayo, Ireland; enclosing an EU stamp; Tel: 094 93 75960 or 094-93 88100; Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally - if you have forgotten to post a card - there's still time to send someone an e-Valentine - through: www.catholicgreetings.org/default.aspx
To learn about social events in your own parish or diocese check the ICN listings and links pages.